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Senior Programme Policy Officer P5, PROP Emergencies & Transition Service - Rome, Italy

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023

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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees. We encourage qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


Are you a Senior Programme Policy Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people? 


If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe. 




Applications must be submitted by Sunday, 1 October 2023 (11:59 PM CST). 




The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.


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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment.
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities.
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe.
  • We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section).



This role is located in the Headquarters (HQ) in Rome, Italy, within the PRO-P Emergencies & Transition Service Division. Job holders report to the Division Director or the designate and provide normative and technical support for food assistance programmes being delivered in complex environments worldwide. Such environments can be characterised by challenging political, operational or security situations, access restrictions, large and varied programme portfolios requiring a range of approaches, or cutting edge, globally reaching, high profile and strategically important policies and programmes requiring advanced technical, leadership and management skills.




As a senior humanitarian policy advisor in the PRO-P Emergencies and Transition Service of the Programme Humanitarian-Development Division, the successful candidate will be responsible to drive an evidence-based and forward-looking humanitarian policy agenda for WFP that positions the organization effectively with partners (Governments, UN Agencies, NGOs, academic and think tanks, etc.), enhances WFP’s contribution to the evolution of the humanitarian architecture, and supports effective humanitarian food assistance programming in the field.


The incumbent will help identify emerging trends and develop policy guidance and advocacy positions on next generation issues relevant to humanitarian action based on humanitarian principles, human rights and international humanitarian law as well as to provide technical advice and oversight on the development and implementation of complex policies, strategies and operations with a particular focus on Protection and Accountability, Conflict Sensitivity and Contribution to Peace, Displacement, and Humanitarian Principles and Access.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • Formulate WFP-wide programme policies and guidance in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field to ensure alignment between HQ and field operations enabling effective delivering of food assistance.
  • Provide advice and support to COs operating in a variety of contexts, to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.
  • Provide solid technical and managerial leadership on a broad range of strategically important and complex policy and programme issues (including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies) to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Identify emerging trends and develop policy guidance and advocacy positions on next generation issues relevant to humanitarians.
  • Identify, develop and nurture strategic and operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
  • Enhance WFP's leadership status in different policy fora on subjects related to humanitarian norms, conflict, displacement, humanitarian space, and transitions from crisis to recovery, through direct participation and/or through briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Monitor and oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance to advocacy for WFP and to strengthen policy and programme formulation.
  • Monitor and oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use to present a consistent picture to internal and external stakeholders and enable informed decision­ making.
  • Advise and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.






  • Advanced University degree in International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other field relevant to this position or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.




  • At least eleven (11) years of progressively responsible professional post graduate experience relevant to the field is required. 
  • Understanding of the current and evolving policy debates on issues relevant to Humanitarian Policy including the political economy of conflict, dilemmas in humanitarian principles and access, their root causes, and future direction.
  • Strong analytical, written, communication, and networking skills. 
  • Able to represent WFP in global academic and policy fora.
  • Experience in existing relationships with humanitarian policy research institutes worldwide and in conducting policy research on humanitarian issues, is desired. 
  • Humanitarian policy expertise and familiarity with policy areas such as humanitarian norms, conflict, transitions from crisis to recovery, displacement and humanitarian space are desired.




  • Proficiency in writing and verbal communication in English is required.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).




  • Proven experience in leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience leading policy development and in designing and managing operations.
  • Experience in shaping operational strategies and partnerships at the country level.
  • Prior experience in leading programs in a country or region.
  • Strategic managerial experience is essential.




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.


Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives




This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.


The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.